There are factors other than safety that determine the effectiveness and wearability of protective apparel, namely comfort and appearance. Garment weight has a big impact on the wearer’s comfort and can be measured objectively.
DuPont offers design guidance aimed at translating ergonomic needs into wearer benefits, so that protective work wear can be as attractive and comfortable as street wear whilst still addressing stringent protection standards.
The weight of typical protective fabrics made of Nomex® fibres is between 150g/m² and 265g/m² – which makes them up to 40% lighter than cotton and cotton-blended fabrics treated with flame-retardant chemicals. DuPont solutions help provide better protection against heat and flame at a lower basis weight.